Below are breif descriptions of some events on the current program:  


Wednesday, 10 June 2020.
Walk: Lancefield Circuit, 10 kms, Easy. Leader: Hilary M.
A pleasant 10 km Circuit walk around the township of Lancefield.  An area rarely visited for our club events.
Contact Hilary as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 13 June 2020
Walk: Currawong Bush Park to Mullum Mullum Creek, 10 kms, Easy. Leaders: Marek T.
Highlight, Currawong Bush Park, Beasley’s Orchard, Tikalara Park, Templestowe Hill Climb, Mullum Mullum Creek
The Walk: Start the walk in the native bushland of Currawong Bush Park, this trail takes you through wildlife habitat, past wetlands, along narrow hill tracks, briefly through urban area, walk to Tikalara Park, Templestowe Hill Climb(1951 – 1987)The course was nine hundred and sixty nine meters in length, The Victorian Sporting Car Club planned, built and opened the course in 1951, Initially the road was unsealed for the first years event, but by the second year the Hill Climb section was sealed, but not the return down hill road, this made for some spectacular spectating.and along the meandering Mullum Mullum Creek
Bring: Raincoat, hat, usual walking gear, morning and afternoon tea,lunch, camera, boots ,walking poles, hand sanitizer, thermos for afternoon tea.
Sunday, 21 June 2020
Walk: Louise's Winter Warmer Solstice Walk, Mt Macedon Western Accent, 16 kms, Meadium.   Leader: Louise W.
Starting at the old Scout Camp in Macedon we will first investigate some of the old railway culverts before tackling Mt Macedon from the western side.  This is a very undulating 4WD track with lots of steep ups and downs.  The plan is to  have lunch at the top of Mt Macedon (café may be open) before making our way down the mountain back to our cars.  It is a challenging walk and suitable for those who love hills.
Contact Louise as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 27 June 2020
Title of Walk: Maroondah Dam, 10 kms (3-4 hours), Easy/Medium. Leader: Marek T.
Highlights  Maroondah Dam, Rose Garden, Lookout, Henderson Hill, Donnelly Weir
The Walk: We will walk to the top of the Reservoir Wall , then along track to the Aqueduct Track onto Donnelly’s Weir (lunch) after lunch we climb Hendersons Hill and follow this back to the car park .
Bring: Raincoat, hat usual walking gear, morning and afternoon tea, lunch, camera, boots ,walking pole, hand sanitizer, thermos for afternoon tea.
Contact Marek as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 4th July 2020.
Walk: Melton Circuit, 12 km, Easy. Leader: Ron P. 
A repeat of the Wednesday walk in March this year, the walk can be carried out in reverse if any of the members booked on the walk are repeating the Wednesday version. This preview is therefore for the anticlockwise version.   The walk starts at the Hannah Watts Park in Melton and heads north to follow Little Blind Creek to Kurunjang. Leaving the creek after a morning tea stop, the walk turns westwards to meet up with Arnolds Creek East Branch just north of Navan Park where we stop for lunch (toilets and playground!).
 After lunch, the walk continues south along the East Branch of Arnolds Creek as far as the Western Freeway where we turn east to walk towards Toolern Creek, where we turn north back towards the Hannah Watts Park.  But wait! There’s more. Before arriving back at the cars we pass by “The Willows” a Historic Homestead circa. 1855. The Homestead may not be open but the grounds usually are, and for anyone interested, we can have a quick walk around before diverting to the High Street for afternoon tea. Then it is a short stroll back to the cars and the finish of the walk.   The walk is mainly on concrete walking tracks with plenty of grass verges and a very short stretch of grass reserve walking, so runners should be suitable. Walking poles shouldn’t be needed as the walk is fairly flat.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020.
Walk: Westmeadows – Attwood – Woodlands Circuit.  12 km. Easy.  Leader: Ron P.
Starting at Westmeadows Oval, the walk proceeds along the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail for a (very) short way easterly to Broad Street where Attwood Creek joins the Moonee Ponds Creek (underground). At this point we head north to follow Attwood Creek to the southern end of Greenvale. Here the Creek opens up to become Attwood Creek Retarding Basin or on some maps, also known as the Broad St. Drain.
Whatever you choose to call it, we leave the creek soon, to explore more of the hidden grassy laneways that Greenvale has to offer until we also leave suburban Greenvale to cross Mickleham Road and enter Woodlands Historic Park at nearby Gellibrand Hill.   A meander around this area follows with a look at Dundonald Homestead ruins and an extensive 360 degree lookout over Melbourne suburbs from a height of 204 metres at the top of Gellibrand Hill, before descending into the Back Paddock and heading towards Greenvale Creek probably for a lunch stop.
 After lunch, the walk involves a wander around the tracks of the eastern side of the Back Paddock, including some easy off track walking before exiting the Woodlands Historic Park and rejoining the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, to visit The Tarnuk on the way back to the cars at Westmeadows.
Runners should be suitable if there has been no rain in the days prior to the walk, but there is some off track walking along a part of Attwood Creek and in the Back Paddock. Boots would be the preferred option if there has been rain. Walking poles are probably not required but could be useful on parts of the walk. There are some concrete walking paths (with grass verges), some gravel tracks and some off track easy walking.
Afternoon tea will be at the newly renovated, newly managed /owned Westmeadows Bakery.
Oh yes. “The Tarnuk”. It means water bowl. These bowls were made out of gnarled growths on the River Red Gums of the Moonee Ponds Creek by the local Gunung Willam Balluk tribe.   The renaming of the nearby Wright Street Retarding Basin to The Tarnuk was to acknowledge the Woiwurung Clan’s story of “The Great Flood” , which is the story about the creation of Port Phillip Bay.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Saturday, 11 July 2020
Walk: The East Walk via Nolan Track Circuit 13 kms, Medium.   Louise W.
A relatively medium grade walk for the Lerderderg!  Starting at Nolan Track on O’Brien’s Road we walk downhill to the Lerderderg where we will have morning tea.  Nolan track is not that steep so fairly easy walking. Crossing the Lerderderg – expect wet feet we then will walk to O’Brien’s crossing via the East Track and have lunch.  Before returning to our cars via Byres Track and Ambler’s Lane which can be a bit on the challenging side, but not too difficult.  All on track, bring poles as it will be very slippery
Contact Louise as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Walk: Sherbrooke Forest, 14kms, Easy/Medium.  Leader: Marek T. 
The Walk: In 1958 Sherbrooke Forest was declared a park and since 1987 has been part of the National Park. Sherbrooke covers the southern area of the National Park from Selby in the south to Sherbrooke in the north. The largest section of Dandenong Ranges National Park, Sherbrooke occupies over 800 hectares of the park’s total 3,215 hectares, with Fern Tree Gully, Doongalla, Olinda and Mt. Evelyn making up the remainder. Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Mountain Ash forests whilst walking through the park Your rewards may include the thrilling song and perhaps a glimpse of the Superb Lyrebird. This enjoyableSuperb circuit walk
Eastern and Western & Sherbrooke Forest
This is a circuit walk starting and finishing at Grants Picnic Ground. The route follows Lyrebird Walk, Neumann Road, passing though cleared areas of bush created by the successive wildfires of the early 1900’s. At Paddy Track Junction turn south and cross Hardy Creek before climbing Welch Track and following Coles Ridge track , then Lipscombe Break cross Monbulk Road, pass Micawber tavern Pound creek track Ridge track to the falls, O'donohue Picnic ground Clematis track to Grants Picnic ground .Most of the walk is through Mountain Ash and Messmate Stringybark forest. There are steep sections on Paddy Road and Welch Track which may be slippery when wet.
Bring: Your happy smiles, cameras, usual day walking gear, walking Pole will be useful, water, boots, hand sanitizer, Thermos for afternoon tea.
Contact Marek as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 22nd July 2020.
Walk: Mernda to Middle Gorge.  12 km, Medium.  Leader: Col P.
We start at Mernda station and walk a short distance to Plenty River and on to Two Beans for morning tea. We then walk beside Plenty River along walking tracks to Nioka Settlement for lunch. From there we walk about 2kms to Middle Gorge. The track is rugged in places, so boots poles and gaiters are recommended.   Toilets are at Mernda station, Two Beans Café, Nioka Settlement and Middle Gorge station.
Contact Col as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Walk: Kalorama – Mt Dandenong (Walk from G. Tempest), 16 kms (4-5 hours), Easy/Medium: Leader: Marek T.
The Walk: Start the walk at the corner of Ridge road and Mt Dandenong Tourist road walking on a foot pad and track to Mt Dandenong Lookout where we will have morning tea , then we will walk past Burkes Lookout, Kyeema Memorial ( A DC-2’kyeema’ crashed in a cloud in 1932 and all on board were killed an then to Road we then follow this gravel road to Doongalla Homestead for lunch. Homestead was burnt in the 1932 fires; only the servant’s quarters were saved. After lunch we start a gentle climb back to Kalorama.
Bring: Raincoat, hat sunscreen, lunch, camera, boots ,walking pole, hand sanitizer, thermos for afternoon tea.
Contact Marek as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 8 August 2020
Walk: Silvan Dam- Olinda Falls (Joint walk with CAEX), 15 kms, Medium. Leaders: Marek T.
The Walk(s):.The walk will start at the Silvan Dam overflow car park. We will walk along Stonyford Road to the Board track and go up till we get to Road 16 and then descend crossing Silvan Road walking pass Eagles Nest Picnic Ground we then follow Chamberlain , Prices track and boundary track to Valley picnic ground where we will have morning tea. We will then walk to the rifle range track to George track we then cross Olinda Creek road to Road 13 Wallaby and Wols Track Find a spot for lunch Note there are a few steep descents and ascents.
Bring: Usual walking gear, maybe something to change into after the walk, definitely boots, lunch, snacks, water, thermos , hand sanitizer Don't forget the binoculars or camera. Walking Pole may be useful.

Contact Marek as per the Members' Program for times and further details.


Saturday, 22 August 2020
Walk: Red Hill Ramble, 12kms, Easy.   Leader: Darren M.
We will do a 12km circuit of Red Hill on laneways and footpaths (not the rail  trail) with a small side circuit of the National Trust-owned Endeavour Fern Gully. Likely coffee at Red Hill or Red Hill South after the walk. Passengers will be asked to contribute an extra $20 per car to cover Eastlink tolls.
Contact Darren as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Saturday, 17 October 2020 to Sunday, 18 October 2020.
Enfeild State Park and Mt Buninyong.  Leader: Darren M.
We will stay in Ballarat or Buninyong on the Saturday night to enable us to undertake two walks in the district.  On Saturday, we should enjoy a good display of spring wildflowers at Enfield State Park, when we undertake a 15km EM walk.  On Sunday, we will undertake a 10-12km EM walk from the township of Buninyong to Mt Buninyong to enjoy some wonderful views.  The dates are flexible and may be shifted to another weekend in October or November.
Contact Darren as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

 

About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!